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Solid Showing For Tucker

When sophomore guard Cliff Tucker subbed into the game with 13:41 remaining in the second half, the Terps were down by 14 and momentum appeared to be at North Carolina's back.

But over the next seven minutes, Tucker scored 14 points and pulled Maryland to within two points of the lead.

Tucker played 29 minutes and tallied 22 points. His long-range shooting touch (5 for 7 from beyond the arc) helped the Terps erase their deficit until it was no more.

In recent weeks, Tucker has developed into a key reserve for Maryland. His shooting touch has improved, as has his defensive effectiveness. And his natural athleticism provides the Terps a boost off the bench. This is the player that earned a starting job at the beginning of the season.

But for a long stretch, Tucker did not play much, if at all. At one point a few weeks back, Tucker voiced frustrations over his lack of playing time. Since then, his performance has improved and as a result, his minutes have increased.

"Cliff is really coming on," Gary Williams said. "I'm proud of Cliff because, as you guys know, he wasn't playing for a while and now he's a key to our team. It's takes a lot of perseverance, it takes a lot of will power when you have people telling you the coach doesn't like you, you shouldn't be playing, you know, you hear all those things in those situations, and you know, Cliff and I talk and, you know, I just told him, 'You're going to play before the year is out. Just keep working.' And that's what he's done. Now he's a confident player out there."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 22, 2009; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Cliff Tucker can help MD get to the NCAA's he is our secret weapon!!

Posted by: Terptime | February 22, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Keep doing your thing Cliff. Johnny called you Cliff "Tarheel Killer" tucker on the post game, has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/d1scourse/2009/Feb/21/the-williams-with-a-win/

and he makes more money than all of you combined as mr stat sheet stuffer so astutley pointed out.

Best game coach in the ACC period, to get rid of him would be downright moronic.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Misters Yanda & Prisbel: How do you like us now ? PART FOUR of your series on GW. thank you very much

Posted by: mikee1940 | February 22, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

People today forget or never know what it is like to "work for something"...everything seems to be handed to everyone of the younger generations....Perseverance, Will Power are things young people today don't know about!

Just like kids who play on Mom or Dad "coached" teams, they play all the time, never get taken out, YET when they get older, times get tough, they QUIT!...WHY d othey Quit....no Perseverance or Will Power!

Give Tucker all the credit, this year, if he maintains this currently level of play will help him out as he grows next year and the year after!
Great stuff, see, coaching the old way can STILL be effective! Producing players/leaders, NOT complainers or quitters!

Posted by: talbottj | February 22, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TERRAPIN INSIDER HALL OF SHAME "FANS." THEY AREN'T ACTUALLY FANS OF THE TERPS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY SAY. THEY NEVER HAVE BEEN FANS AND NEVER WILL BE FANS. THESE ARE THE GUYS WHO CLAIM THEY ARE "FANS", BUT QUIT ON THIS TEAM LONG AGO...AND HAVE BEEN TRASHING THE TEAM AND THE COACH EVER SINCE.

THEY OF COURSE NOW WANT TO COME BACK ON THE BANGWAGON, AFTER YESTERDAY'S WIN. BUT BARNO IS MOTIONING TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING MORONS BANNED FROM THIS BLOG ALTOGETHER:

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We are so bad. how anyone thinks we have a chance to make the ncaa tourney is beyond me. I felt like i used to feel watching md play some joke at the beginning of the season. It was a complete mismatch, and just because we stayed in it for the first doesnt mean anything. All you had to do was watch the frontcourt play. we are terrible. 5-11, 6-10 best case scenario

Posted by: tonytroese | February 18, 2009 10:24 AM

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

it's laughable to think that anyone who watches terps games thinks that this team is of the same caliber as the rest of the league.They don't have the pieces (players) to compete in the acc right now. they lost to morgan state at home, and i'f i'm not a fan i don't know why i watched the entire debacle. Gary's time is up, the program seems stale, they need new energy.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | February 18, 2009 12:52 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

PART II OF THE TERRAPIN INSIDER'S HALL OF SHAME:


We are not making the tournament this year. Keeping checking ESPN every day to see if we ever make it off the "bubble". So that will be 4 out of 5 years FOGs. Please tell me what program that considers itself even a top 50 program that went 4 out of 5 years missing the dance without a coaching change.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 18, 2009 2:24 PM

This is an ugly season and no amount of posturing from Gary will change that. We're NIT bound -- but I will bet my season tickets that Gary is already thinking a 7-9 season will get him in and he will start making comments about how tough the league is this year and how a 7-9 record should qualify for the NCAA's.

Posted by: Terp77 | February 18, 2009 2:37 PM

Gary screws up more coaching/lineup items and gets lauded for being a great "in-game" coach. That is total crap coming from his supporters. He's not that great of a coach and while he's done well at MD - he IS NOT an elite coach at all. Good coach who did a great job rebuilding the program.. No more and no less

Posted by: leed1911 | February 18, 2009 12:15 AM

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are still going to get to 8-8 and then win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Gary is a joke. He needs to take his watch, let us name the floor after him and go drink beer and eat chicken wings with the co-eds in Ocean City and let someone else take over the program.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 12, 2009 3:20 PM

Poor Gary Williams and his two million plus a year contract, at least until 2012 or so. If people are still willing to pay 50+ dollars to watch NIT basketball, I guess he has earned it.

Posted by: lkfkd876 | February 11, 2009 9:42 PM

I suppose people are now happy to see the Terps in the NIT. Get ready cause that's where the team is headed this year if we're lucky.

Posted by: boe691 | February 11, 2009 10:26 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

A round of applause for Barno1!

I hope some of those fair weather haters were the same morons I saw leave with 5 minutes left in regulation yesterday. They didn't deserve to see the best win my eyes have ever seen and I went to every game from 1998-2002.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 22, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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